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Stuart Dallas looks to be on the verge of a £1m plus move to Leeds United, where the Northern Ireland international winger will hook up with Uwe Rossler once more.

Dallas has emerged as a impressive impact attacker since his arrival as a raw kid from Crusaders and then a loan spell with Northampton Town. He is quick, confident, direct and possesses a real eye for goal. Who will forget his brace at Craven Cottage, or the corker against Derby County at Griffin Park? The perfect substitute some would say, which is not to undermine his ability over ninety minutes when called upon or his undeniable work ethic.

His departure, when you take into account the number of midfield options at our disposal after the summer signings (whether they are as good as Dallas remains to be discovered), may be seen as a desire to secure first team football in an important campaign for the player – Northern Ireland look poised to qualify for the European Championships in France next summer, where Dallas will hope to continue a starring role for his country.

Fact is that Leeds can promise Dallas first team football, whilst we probably can’t any longer with the options at our disposal… Which demonstrates how our depth and quality has increased over the last couple of seasons, and arguably, how further turn-over of playing staff is inevitable with the statistical approach.

With the club’s new model in mind, Toby, one of the Beesotted crew, wrote; “It seems that as long as the long term view is taken, re coming and goings, we can all be phlegmatic… Trouble is, and this will always be the case with transfer “windows”, we run the risk of being decimated every August, just as the season starts, especially if our stats/recruitment continues to pay dividends. Every player has his price, but at what point do you say, “do you know what, losing our right back/winger/centre-forward eight days before the start of the season is going to seriously disrupt us”?

If he does move to Elland Road, all Bees fans will wish the player well… It’s a big year for Stuart Dallas and he’s shown he deserves the chance to shine week in week out… If that can’t be achieved at Griffin Park then I’m sure the Leeds faithful will take a hugely likeable lad to their hearts too.

Dave Lane